Archives: July 2019

Stay True to Who You Are with Tristar Reads!

This week, we are highlighting the most extraordinary superheroes…YOU! Read below for this week’s Superhero Challenge and learn about ways you can use your superhero powers this summer with Tristar Reads

You Are the Only You in the World 

Every human being that has ever lived, or will live, is unique. You are truly one-of-a-kind. Since you are so unique, why not celebrate that fact? Dare to be your own person and disregard what others may say or think.  

Every superhero has something that makes him or her stand out, so it’s time to stand out this summer by being committed to learning and growing. 

Below are a few quotes from real and everyday superheroes on being yourself:

“Life doesn't give us purpose. We give life purpose.” - The Flash

“The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before.” - Albert Einstein

“In a world of ordinary mortals, be a Wonder Woman!” - Wonder Woman’s Mom

“The things that make me different are the things that make me.” - Winnie The Pooh

This summer, we are committed to preventing the summer slide and it starts by standing out. Join us as we log our reading hours and sign up for Tristar Readstoday! You’ll be entered for the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship!


Enjoy this video of students with the Kindergarten Readiness Program at Camp Creek Elementary School in Greeneville, Tennessee. 

Click here to watch Nicolle read Caterina and the Lemonade Stand now!

When life gives you lemons…

Weekly Superhero Challenge!

Throughout the summer, we will be offering different Superhero Challenges each week– some may include additional prizes.

Take time this week to point out the things in your friends and family that are unique and you love about them. And as always, don’t forget to log your time this week!

Engaging in Superhero Stories with Tristar Reads

As we enter into the final stretch of Tristar Reads, let’s continue to get lost in those good stories. Keep reading to learn how superheroes teach us about the art of storytelling with Tristar Reads.

The Art of Storytelling

Everyone loves a good superhero story and most superhero stories resemble fables. 

Fables are a beautiful way to teach your child about morals, life lessons and impart wisdom in an engaging manner. Fables are stories that have been passed down through generations, down to the present, to deliver important lessons about life, nature, love, friendship and moral teaching around good heartedness.

Generally, a fable is identified by three distinguishing characteristics:     

1. Characters are animals or inanimate objects that act like humans.
2. The story illustrates a moral lesson, most often included at the end.
3. The story is brief, usually no more than two to three pages in length.

Superhero stories do a wonderful job of teaching us how to live a life of integrity and value, which is often reflected in the characteristics of a fable. Let’s continue telling stories that use our imagination and teach us positive behavior.

We’re in the final stretch of Tristar Reads as it wraps up this week. Keep on reading and logging your hours at Tristar Reads. You don’t want to miss out on all the exciting prizes, especially the $1,000 scholarship!


Our Superhero of the week is Paris Dabbs! Paris is a Greene County YMCA camp counselor.

Paris and her friends are practicing reading and their skit skills together.  

Click here to watch their special rehearsal of The Three Little Pigs.  Enjoy!

Weekly Superhero Challenge!

Throughout the summer, we will be offering different Superhero Challenges each week– some may include additional prizes.

Superhero Challenge Week 12:

Great job with logging your reading hours so far! Our challenge this week is to read and log at least 100 minutes. Forward this email to friends so they can get involved too. 

New TNReady Vendor, Tristar Reads in its Final Month and More!

Our Education Advocacy and Leadership Summit’s are here! Stay up to date on the latest news with TSS here

It’s the last month to sign up for Tristar Reads if you haven’t yet, there’s still time! Keep reading for more updates and information.

New School Testing Vendor Solidified for Next Two Years

Recently, the Tennessee Department of Education solidified and signed a two-year contract with Pearson, a British-based student testing program worth almost $40 million. This contract began on July 1 and is welcome news for the future of our state’s testing structure and the students taking those tests.

Fun fact: Pearson is the worlds oldest and largest testing company. With two years to ensure the program is running smoothly, Tennessee will be able to renew its contract on a yearly basis through 2024, so Pearson can prove trustworthy before the state extends their agreement any further. 

At Tennesseans for Student Success, we support an aligned high-quality yearly assessment to measure what our students are learning and also highlight areas for improvement and provide professional development opportunities for educators.

Armored for Victory with Tristar Reads!

July is our LAST month of Tristar Reads, so be sure you get in on the action now before it’s too late!

Be sure to watch a special reading of The Bravest Knight with a knight himself here. During the Middle Ages, there were three main types of soldiers: foot soldiers, archers and knights. Knights were heavily armored soldiers who rode on horseback. Being armored for action with a trusted sidekick, knights are superheroes too!

Put on your armor and be a superhero this summer with Tristar Reads. Students in grades K-12 are eligible and will be entered for the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship! It’s not too late to sign up! 

Don’t miss out on important reminders and the weekly Superhero Challenge. Sign up for our weekly Tristar Reads email!

Education Advocacy and Leadership Summit

Today, we are kicking off our Education Advocacy and Leadership Summit in Knoxville, Tennessee, and next week we will be holding a summit in Nashville. We have these summits annually as a way to engage with educators, community leaders and parents who want to learn how to be an advocate for students in public education.

TSS provides 6 hours of professional development training and discussions with various organizations like the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), state legislators, thought leaders and professionals in the community. We’re passionate about teaching others student-centered education reform and the history of Tennessee’s education system. If you weren’t able to make it this year, please reach out and we will get you on our list for next year’s summit.

In Case You Missed It…

Summer Will Be Over in a FLASH

So far this summer, K-12 students across the state of Tennessee have read 500,000 minutes by logging their hours on Tristar Reads! That’s wonderful news! But summer will be over before you know it, so read below to learn ways to use your superhero powers for the remainder of this summer with Tristar Reads.

Keep an Eye Out for Superhero Flash

Have you ever heard the saying, “time flies by when you’re having fun?”

I know that saying especially resonates during the summer months. Summer is going as fast as the Superhero Flash!

With the beginning of school quickly approaching, department stores are stocking up on school supplies and teachers are preparing their classroom. It’s important to take advantage of every moment to read all the exciting books you’ve been thinking about! 

Tristar Reads is all about preventing the summer slide, but also about having fun in the process. Don’t let the summer flash right before your eyes: enjoy every moment of sunshine, read your favorite books and log your hours at Keep an eye out for Superhero Flash and don’t let this summer pass you by! If you are or are the parent of a student in grades K-12, don’t forget to sign up for Tristar Reads. You’ll be entered for the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship!


Our Superhero of the week is one our incredible friend’s, Mrs. Avery!

Mrs. Avery’s Kindergarten class is reminding our future kindergartners that they are not babies. They have hit big kid status.

Click here to watch her special reading of I’m NOT a Baby now! Enjoy!

Weekly Superhero Challenge!

Throughout the summer, we will be offering different Superhero Challenges each week– some may include additional prizes.

500,000 minutes. Let’s keep up the momentum. This week we challenge you to continue to log more hours at Forward this email to friends so they can sign up too!